"Watson (Loyola Univ., New Orleans) features 22 scholars who teach philosophy in the US and write about, or have philosophical affinity with, such 19th- and 20th-century European philosophers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Derrida. The philosophers include Debra Bergoffen, Robert Bernasconi, John D. Caputo, Edward S. Casey, Bernard Flynn, Thomas R. Flynn, Patrick A. Heelan, Douglas Kellner, Joseph J. Kockelmans, David Farrell Krell, David Michael Levin, Alphonso Lingis, Bernd Magnus, David M. Rasmussen, William J. Richardson, John Sallis, Calvin O. Schrag, Charles E. Scott, Hugh J. Silverman, Joan Stambaugh, Wilhelm S. Wurzer, and Edith Wyschogrod. Each philosopher is portrayed with a short (typically six pages) intellectual autobiographical sketch, a selected bibliography of essays and books, and a full-page photograph. Most sketches describe the author's philosophical education and research and writing programs. The sketch by Bernd Magnus is different: it is a riveting and horrifying account of his childhood experiences surviving the Holocaust. The philosophers featured represent a minority movement in American academic philosophy, and therefore may not ordinarily receive the same attention that is accorded their colleagues who follow the dominant approach (analysis). This will be a useful resource, especially at institutions whose philosophy departments emphasize the study of Continental philosophy." —H. Pospesel, University of Miami, Choice, June 2000(H. Pospesel, University of Miami Choice 2000-01-00)
James R. Watson is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans. He is coeditor (with Alan Rosenberg) of Contemporary Portrayals of Auschwitz and Genocide: Philosophical Challenges.